Medical group warns of nationwide rising dengue cases

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has warned the public about the increasing dengue cases nationwide.

Department of Health (DOH) reports indicated that 45,416 dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to June 11. The figure is 45% higher than the 31,320 cases reported during the same period last year.

PMA Director Benito Atienza said in a televised public briefing that the public “should be alarmed,” sharing that in Singapore where he recently attended a medical confederation conference, there were more dengue deaths than Covid-19 fatalities.

The top three regions that recorded the most number of dengue cases include Central Visayas (13%), Central Luzon (12%) and the Zamboanga Peninsula (10%).

Atienza reminded the public that dengue cases are not among  children only, and others, including senior citizens could get it.